RoaldDahl 1916-1990 by InésPineda Ruiz 1º ESO I.E. V. Cañada Blanch London 2009-2010
Biography Roald Dahl was born on 13th September 1916 in Llandaff, Wales, and died on 23rdNovember 1990. He was born to Norwegian parents Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Dahl, into a family of six, but then in 1920, when Dahl was three years old, his seven-year-old sister, Astri, died from appendicitis. Weeks later, his father died of pneumonia at the age of 57. He was a British novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter.
As a child he went on holiday to Norway every year with his family and maid, to visit his grandparents.
During nearly all of his childhood he spent his school days at boarding school, as it was his father’s dying wish for him to be educated properly.
Did you know?...
That the Head teacher of one of Roald's schools, (that actually beat him while he was there, with a cane) became the archbishop of Canterbury who crowned the current queen?
Roald was brilliant at sports and was made captain of 2 sports. He also played on his school football team.
Cadbury, the chocolate company, would occasionally send boxes of new chocolates to the school to be tested by the pupils.
Roald’s jobs. Throughout his life, Roald Dahl had interesting and adventurous jobs such as an RAF fighter pilot in the second world war. Roald Dahl and his dogs who love smarties!!!!!
After completing his studies Dahl took boat trip to Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) where he as a Shell oil company representative, during his stay the war broke out so he trained to be a RAF pilot and flew to places like Egypt and Greece tacking down Germans as he went, he had a few close shaves and in one occasion lost his nose.
He later became an author and wrote many famous books a number of which won awards or were made into films such as Matilda, James And The Giant Peach and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Awards… 1954 Wins Edgar Allen Poe award and Mystery Writers of America award. 1959 Wins second Edgar Allan Poe Award and second Mystery Writers of America Award. 1972 Wins New England Round Table of Children's Librarians Award (for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). 1973 Wins Surrey School award (for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). 1975 Wins Surrey School award (for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator). 1978 Wins Nene award (for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator) and Surrey School award (for Danny the Champion of the World). 1979 Wins California Young Reader Medal (for Danny the Champion of the World). 1980 Wins third Mystery Writers of America award. 1982 Wins Federation of Children's Book Groups Award (for The BFG) and Massachusetts Children's Award (for James and the Giant Peach). 1983 Wins New York Times Outstanding Books Award, Federation of Children's Book Groups Award, and Whitbread Award (all for The Witches). Also wins World Fantasy Convention Lifetime Achievement Award.1984 Wins Deutsche Jugend literature praise (for The BFG). 1985 Wins Kurt Maschler award runner–up (for The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me) and Boston Globe/Horn Book nonfiction honor citation (for Boy – Tales of Childhood). 1986 Wins West Australian Award (for The Witches) and International Board on Books for Young People awards for Norwegian and German translations (for The BFG). 1988 Wins Federation of Children's Book Groups Award (for Matilda). 1990 Wins Smarties Award (for Esio Trot). 1997 Wins Good Book Guide "Best Books of the Past 20 Years" (for The BFG). 1998 Matilda voted "Nation's Favorite Children's Book" in BBC Bookworm Poll. 2000 Wins Millennium Children's Book Award and Blue Peter Book Award (for Charlie and the
Biography-continued Dahl married American actress Patricia Neal on 2nd July 1953 at Trinity Church in New York City. Their marriage lasted for 30 years and they had five children: Olivia (who died of measles encephalitis in 1962, aged seven), Tessa, Theo, Ophelia, and Lucy. He dedicated The BFG to Olivia after her death. When he was four months old, Theo Dahl was severely injured when his baby carriage was hit by a taxi in New York City. They were divorced in 1983 following Dahl's affair with Neal's friend, Felicity ("Liccy") d'Abreu Crosland, 22 years his junior (born 12 December 1938), whom he subsequently married. Ophelia Dahl is director and co-founder of ‘Partners in Health’, a non-profit organisation. Lucy Dahl is a screenwriter in Los Angeles. Tessa's daughter Sophie Dahl (who was the inspiration for Sophie, the main character in her grandfather's book The BFG) is a model and author who remembers Roald Dahl as ‘a very difficult man – very strong, very dominant ... not unlike the father of the Mitford sisters sort of roaring round the house with these very loud opinions, banning certain types – foppish boys, you know – from coming round.’
A very sad day…… Roald Dahl died in November 23rd 1990 at the age of 74 of a rare blood disease, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS, or "pre-leukemia"). This was the motto he lived by: My candle burns at both ends, it will not last the night, but ah my foes and oh my friends it gives a lovely light.
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